You Can Download A Digital Copy Of Your Aadhaar Card, Here’s How


The digital copy is in aPDF format, and is password-protected

The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), which manages the Aadhaar biometric ID programme, provides a range of services online. One such facility enables Aadhaar holders to download a digital copy of their identification card. The digital Aadhaar is “as valid as the Aadhaar letter received by post”, according to the UIDAI. A digital Aadhaar can be downloaded using the UIDAI portal or mobile app mAadhaar. (Also Read: How To Generate Aadhaar Virtual ID | How To Order Aadhaar Card Reprint)

How To Download Aadhaar Card 

Here’s a step-by-step guide explaining how you can download a digital version of your Aadhaar card:

Go to the UIDAI Aadhaar portal, 

Select the “download Aadhaar” option under the “Get Aadhaar” section on the UIDAI portal.


On the next page, select any of three to proceed: Aadhaar number (UID), enrolment ID (EID) or virtual ID (VID). The facility also allows the user to select a masked copy of Aadhaar card, on which the entire 12-digit UID is not visible.


After filling in the details, click on the “Send OTP” button to proceed.

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Select the “verify and download” option.

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After these steps, the digital copy is downloaded on the device. The file is in a PDF format. The downloaded Aadhaar is password-protected, which means the user is required to enter a password to be able to access it.

This password is a combination of the first four letters of the user’s name in capital letters, followed by the user’s birth year in the YYYY format, according to the UIDAI website.

A similar process can be used to download an Aadhaar card using the mAadhaar app.


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